Metal Building Trends

The Metal Building Trends blog covers the latest trends, technologies, and techniques in the metal building industry. Founded in 1927, Star Building Systems has more than eighty-five years of experience in the design, construction, and sale of custom metal building solutions for all types of applications, from schools and warehouses to retail stores and airport hangars.
Architects | September 24, 2014 | Mary Ed Cain
Mary Ed Cain was supposed to be born a boy. That was the first time she surprised everyone. The second time came on a daily basis during her 43-year c...

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Architects | August 25, 2014 | Joe Edge
About one out of every three construction projects is behind schedule or over budget, according to the Construction Industry Institute's Assessment of...

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Architects | August 21, 2014 | Gabe Savely
Customers are inherently inefficient and inconvenient to do business with, writes Customer Service Consultant Micah Solomon, in a recent Forbes post....

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Architects | July 21, 2014 | Allen Hurtz
We need electricity to power our building projects, along with water and gas and a faultless sanitation system. That’s what we think about when we thi...

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Architects | July 17, 2014 | Gene Bell
When you’re ready to build, land needs a serious amount of attention. Since it can singlehandedly shift your building plans, land must be investigated...
Architects | July 09, 2014 | Dustin Cole
Change. It’s inevitable. And success for any professional may very well depend on how well we adapt to it. SPONSORED CONTENT

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Architects | May 27, 2014 | Jeff Koos
The construction industry is on the road to recovery, according to a new survey by Metal Construction News. Most metrics improved from the previous ye...

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Architects | May 27, 2014 | John Negich
Compelling your clients to provide you with quality referrals is one of the best ways to build a successful business. Here are ways to ‘train’ your cl...
Architects | May 11, 2014 | John Negich
So, are you ready to start building? Completing these eight questions will help you answer that confidently. SPONSORED CONTENT

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Architects | April 25, 2014 | Bob Zabcik
There are many examples of materials developed for the space program making their way into everyday life and radiant barriers are just that. SPONSORED...

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Metals | April 17, 2014 | Stacy Milford
In 1997, Apple told us to “Think Different.” So we did. We thought about what could happen if the world went mobile, if information was boundless, if...

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Building Materials | April 08, 2014 | Jeff Koos
Job number 61-001 changed everything. It was sold in 1961, a year of change for the nation and for Star. By January, John F. Kennedy would be presiden...
Architects | March 31, 2014 | Bryan Arlington
Landing a project feels like winning a prize, sort of like finding that forgotten $20 bill in the pocket of a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in a whil...
Education Facility | March 19, 2014 | Bryan Arlington
In every aspect of a metal building, you can tweak the cost by adjusting the finish, panel thickness, and panel profile. These changes might make a fe...
Metals | March 11, 2014 | Kim Mulder
We had worked together for 30 years. As a long-standing client of mine, he and I had gone through many projects together. And we were approaching anot...
Architects | February 19, 2014 | John Negich
When it’s time to build or expand, the first step is finding a builder that fits your needs. Once you have found a builder, checked their references,...
Architects | February 13, 2014 | David Alexander
They say the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Expanding your building or constructing a new structure for your business, church, or...
Architects | February 06, 2014 | John Negich
Visitors to the Keene Family YMCA in New Hampshire are often surprised by what they encounter. Liz Coppola calls it the “wow factor.” “Literally, ther...
Architects | January 30, 2014 | Gabe Savely
Every year brings changes. This one won’t be any different. We’ll see growth in some areas, declines in others. Here’s a little preview of what we’ll...
Architects | January 23, 2014 | Allen Hurtz
What looks like brick, stucco or wood on the outside could actually be a metal building. Metal is no longer easily detectable. It’s gotten sneakier vi...
Architects | January 12, 2014 | Bob Zabcik
The biggest threat to human life in a building isn’t the potential of natural disasters, but the threat of human error. I believe it’s a reality that...
Architects | January 06, 2014 | Bryan Arlington
If you had to define value engineering in a single word, you might boil it down to "efficiency." That would be one word, but it wouldn’t be accurate....
Architects | December 16, 2013 | Gabe Savely
Automation is the future you can’t avoid, though you may try. Even within the metal building industry—which is made up of skilled tradesmen—automation...

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Airports | November 15, 2013 | Gene Bell
Beyond its long-standing role as a preferred material for a building’s structure and roof, metal is making its mark on interior spaces as well. 
Architects | October 28, 2013 | Doug Clark
Given their durability and ease of use, metal roofs have been a common feature on rural houses for decades. Now they’re becoming an increasingly popul...
Architects | October 23, 2013 | John Negich
While the durability of metal as a construction material is widely recognized, some of its other advantages are less commonly acknowledged and appreci...
Airports | October 18, 2013 | Joe Edge
When a group of MIT researchers recently discovered that stress can cause metal alloy to fuse rather than break apart, they assumed it must be a mista...
Architects | October 07, 2013 | Joe Edge
With origins tracing back to the mid-1950s, the modern metal shipping container continues to serve as a secure, practical vessel for transporting valu...
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